In war-torn Afghanistan, poverty is pushing parents to sell their own children. The Taliban’s grip on the country has made the situation worse, leaving people with little choice but to flee their homes and sell their kids to make ends meet. What happens to these children is unimaginably cruel – they become child brides, fighters, or are indoctrinated by radical Islamist groups.
A new documentary by Fariba Sahraei and Marc Erath follows the stories of some of these children and their families as they try to survive in a country that has been ravaged by conflict for decades. The filmmakers document the desperation of parents who must choose between their children’s safety and their financial well-being, and the plight of children who are forced to grow up too fast, facing violence and exploitation at every turn.